William Ruto – Profile and Biography
William Kipchirchir Samoei arap Ruto was born 21 December 1966 in Kamagut, Uasin Gishu to the late Mzee Daniel Cheruiyot and Mama Sarah Cheruiyot.
William Ruto attended Kerotet Primary School for his primary school education then joined Wareng Secondary School for his Ordinary Levels education before proceeding to Kapsabet Boys, Nandi for his Advanced Levels.
He then went on to receive a BSc and MSc in botany from the University of Nairobi, graduating in 1990.
William Ruto Political Career
William Ruto was the Organising Secretary of Youth for Kanu ’92 (YK92), a group that was formed to drum up support for President Daniel arap Moi in the 1992 election.
In January 2006, Ruto declared publicly that he would stand for the presidency in the next general election, scheduled for December 2007. His statement was condemned by some of his KANU colleagues, including former president Daniel arap Moi.
William Ruto sought the nomination of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) as its presidential candidate, but in the party’s vote on 1 September 2007, he placed third with 368 votes, behind the winner, Raila Odinga (with 2,656 votes) and Musalia Mudavadi (with 391). Ruto expressed his support for Odinga after the vote. He resigned from his post as KANU secretary general on 6 October 2007.
The presidential election of December 2007 ended in an impasse. Kibaki and Odinga agreed to form a power-sharing government. In the grand coalition Cabinet named on 13 April 2008 and sworn in on 17 April, Ruto was appointed as Minister for Agriculture.
Willia Ruto – Timeline
21 December 1966: William Samoei Ruto is born in Kamagut, Uasin Gishu to the late Mzee Daniel Cheruiyot and Mama Sarah Cheruiyot.
1990: William Samoei Ruto Graduated from the University of Nairob having attained BSc and MSc in botany. William Ruto had earlier attended Kerotet Primary School for his primary school education, Wareng Secondary School for his Ordinary Levels education and Kapsabet Boys, for his Advanced Levels.
At University, Ruto a staunch African Inland Church (AIC) member was elected the leader of the University Christian Union choir.
In early 1990: William Samoei Ruto established a company, African Venture Tours and Hotels.
1992: William Ruto was the Organising Secretary of Youth for Kanu ’92 (YK92), a group that was formed to drum up support for President Daniel arap Moi in the election.
1997 – Now: William Ruto has been the MP for Eldoret North Constituency
August 2002: William Samoei Ruto became an Assistant Minister in the Office of the President and was later appointed Minister in charge of Home Affairs.
January 2006: Ruto declared publicly that he would stand for the presidency in the 2007 general election.
April 2008: William Samoei Ruto was appointed minister of Agriculture.
19 October 2010: William Samoei Ruto ia appointed Minister for Higher Education.
In December 2010: The ICC’s Pre-Trial Chamber issued a summon for William Ruto at the prosecutor’s request.